Our American Library Association accredited, top-10 Master’s in Information Sciences program prepares students to effectively manage, navigate, analyze, and turn information into action in public and private sectors. Organizations produce enormous amounts of data, and individuals with a Master of Science in Information Sciences degree set are in high demand to organize, manage, and analyze this data and advise about the future. From academic librarian to user experience designer, our MSIS program can prepare you for an enriching career in the library and information sciences.
“Information science professionals are uniquely positioned to address many of the most significant issues our society faces because of our strong orientation to community service, our passion for implementing and maintaining ethical and fair information practices, our deep technical expertise, and our creative ingenuity.”
DIANE KELLY, SIS Professor & University of Tennessee’s Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
What Can You do with an MSIS Degree?
Online & On-Campus Real-Time Courses
Hands-on Learning & Career Preparation
“I feel like they [SIS] have a finger on the pulse of what employers are looking for, and what is new and needed in the field, which I appreciate. I think they’re on the cutting-edge of the trending topics in information sciences, and really preparing graduates to get a job at the end of it.”
AMANDA LIFORD, ’19 Alum & Data Manager at the US Geological Survey
Nearly 90% of surveyed MSIS graduates report employment in an IS field within the first year of graduation.
Master’s in Information Sciences Program Pathways
36-Hour Customizable Curriculum
The MSIS degree requires 36 semester hours of graduate courses, including 27 hours of coursework in information sciences. Students may take up to 9 hours of graduate courses outside of the School, including a maximum of 6 hours outside the college. After completing our three required courses (INSC 511, 512, and 514), MSIS students work with one of our faculty members to craft a program to fit their learning and career goals. Visit our graduate course catalog to explore our IS courses.
Each admitted student is assigned an SIS faculty member to serve as an advisor throughout the Master’s in Information Sciences journey and beyond. Faculty advisors assist students with creating an individualized program of study, which are aligned to their specific career goals and aspirations.
“I really appreciated that my professors were not just about teaching in our online classes, it was about forming relationships. I didn’t think that we could do that through a digital medium. But we did and I know that these relationships will carry on with me throughout my career.”
Kashif Graham (‘19), Outreach Librarian
CAN I AFFORD IT?
The UT MSIS program is not only a nationally ranked, top-10 program in library and information studies according to US News & World Report, it is also among the most affordable online programs of its kind. Residents of Tennessee, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia receive in-state tuition and residents of other US states, like Georgia, receive near-in-state tuition levels for online courses. Receive the same great educational experience whether you choose to study online or on-campus.
Engaging Research Opportunities
We encourage students, both on-campus and online, to engage in research projects during their time in the MSIS program. This might be working alongside a faculty member on an existing project, or conducting their own project under the supervision of a faculty member. Many student research projects align with the Volunteer Spirit of contributing to the common good.
- Academic Libraries and Librarianship
- Data Curation and Data Management
- Evaluation and Assessment of Libraries and Information Services and Systems
- Geographic and Scientific Information
- Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience
- Information Behavior, Information Literacy, and Information Retrieval
- Information Communication Technology in Developing Economies
- Information Policy and Intellectual Property
- Library and Information Science Education
- Open Source Software and Communities
- Scholarly and Scientific Communication
- Social Justice and Information Services
- Social Media and Social Informatics
- Youth Informatics and Youth Services
Graduate Certificates and Minors
Interested in furthering your information sciences graduate education by learning more about computer science, healthcare information, and/or working with youth? Explore our various graduate minor and certificate offerings:
- Graduate Minor in Computational Science
- Health Informatics Certificate
- School Library Media Licensure
- Youth Informatics Certificate